Students Meet RHS Hall of Famers During Induction Weekend
Updated November 26, 2018; Published November 25, 2018
Current Radnor High School Students Learn From Outstanding Graduates During Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Children are often told, "If you can see it, you can be it." This saying rang true during Radnor High School's recent Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which featured outstanding graduates coming back to the halls of their alma mater to teach "Master Classes" and be introduced to current RHS students during an all-school assembly on Nov. 9. The seventh Hall of Fame class was then formally inducted during a banquet luncheon at St. David's Golf Club on Nov. 10.
News reporter David (Breimhurst) Henry, scientist Dr. Sherret Chase, film producer Alex Garcia, athlete Pixie Hamilton, federal judge Robert Kelly, Rear Admiral Christopher Mossey and athlete Katie Samson returned to RHS to teach "Master Classes" to select students, where they shared memories of their time as Raiders, experiences in their chosen field and lessons they've learned since leaving RHS.
"The goal is for [the students] to walk away with a golden nugget," retired engineer and former U.S. lacrosse star Pixie Hamilton ('75) said of the master classes. "Something that will change them as a person."
Following the 30-minute sessions, RHS teacher and alumni Paul Wright ('87) emceed an all-school assembly in the school's gymnasium. Before introducing each of this year's inductees, Wright shared an important message with the current Radnor student body.
"All of [these inductees] sat where you are today," Wright said. "Which means all of you could be sitting where they are."
One-by-one, the current students heard of the impressive accomplishments of this year's ten inductees, including 30 years with 6ABC's Action News, paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Executive Producer credit on the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters; and more.
For more information on the Radnor High School Hall of Fame, visit www.rtsd.org/RHSHallofFame.
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The honorees were:
David (Breimhurst) Henry ('70)
David Henry became well-known as a reporter for Philadelphia's 6ABC Action News. His long tenure and the breadth of his coverage distinguish him in the local television broadcasting community. Throughout his career as a journalist, Mr. Henry covered some of the biggest international, national, and local stories of the past four decades.
Charles Cajori ('39)*
As a student at Radnor High School, Charles Cajori was commissioned by the Radnor School Board to create the first murals for the high school auditorium. He went on to earn acclaim as an artist known for Abstract Expressionist painting, with a focus on the modernist figure which integrated the figure in space. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other prestigious institutions.
Sherret S. Chase, Ph.D. ('35)
A graduate of Yale University, Sherret Chase earned his doctorate in Plant Cytology at Cornell University. He was a pioneer in maize breeding, developing the "doubled haploid method" which was a major step forward in plant breeding in general and hybrid production of maize in particular. His work has had a positive impact on the efficiency of food and fiber production around the world. Read a 2017 article about Mr. Chase in Hudson Valley One (NY) here.
Alejandro J. "Alex" Garcia ('95)
Alex Garcia discovered his love for media production at Radnor High School. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and went on to a successful career as a producer of the television series, House, M.D., as well as feature films that include Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise, and the more recent Kong: Skull Island. Mr. Garcia is currently Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs at Legendary Pictures.
Charles C. Gray, Jr. ('61)*
Educator, Community Activist
Charles Gray's varied career took him from Radnor High School to Nigeria where he served in the Peace Corps and then back to the U.S. as a coordinator for Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street). He was the first African-American to be elected to the Radnor Township School District School Board. He dedicated his life to helping others and improving the lives of those less fortunate at the local, county, and state levels.
Pixie Hamilton ('75)
Pixie Hamilton left her imprint on the sport of lacrosse at Radnor High School, at the college level, and beyond. She was a star athlete for the College of William and Mary where she holds numerous individual school records. She was named to the U.S. reserve team for women's lacrosse in 1978 and was a member of the U.S. traveling team from 1979-81. Ms. Hamilton was inducted into the William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.
Robert F. Kelly ('53)
A product of Villanova University and Temple University School of Law, The Honorable Judge Robert F. Kelly rose through the ranks of his profession to ultimately serve as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1987 and continues to preside over Federal trials to this day.
Douglas C. Kistler ('56)*
One of the best players in the history of Radnor High School basketball, the four-year letterman went on to excel at the Division 1 level for Duke University where he led the Blue Devils to their first ACC championship and was named MVP of the tournament. Mr. Kistler played professionally for the New York Knicks and coached at the high school level, ultimately winning the North Carolina State Championship.
Christopher J. Mossey ('77)
With a degree from Cornell University in electrical engineering, Christopher Mossey went on to earn a graduate degree from Stanford University. In 2010, Rear Admiral Mossey was named Chief of Civil Engineers for the U.S. Navy and Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, a global organization of over 19,000 personnel that provides engineering, construction, and maintenance support to Navy and Marine Corps bases around the world.
Catherine W. "Katie" Samson ('98)
As a freshman at Middlebury College, Katie Samson led her team to the Division III National Lacrosse Championship. The following winter she suffered a spinal cord injury which left her a quadriplegic. She was the inspiration for the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival which has raised nearly $2,000,000 for spial cord research and quality of life programs for people with disabilities through the Katie Samson Foundation. Still athletic, Ms. Samson competes in wheelchair sports and mentors people with spinal cord injuries.